Month: June 2015

The Risks of Plastic Surgery Tourism

Plastic surgeryOver the past several years, a trend has emerged in the world of plastic surgery. An increasing number of people are traveling overseas to undergo cosmetic and medical procedures, typically at a much lower price than it would be in Canada or America. While the prospect of cheap plastic surgery may be appealing to many, medical tourism is not without its risks. In fact, undergoing surgery in another country can be dangerous and even potentially fatal. Take a look at some of dangers of plastic surgery tourism and find out why you should think twice before scheduling your trip overseas.

The Risks of Plastic Surgery Tourism

  • Potential lack of safety standards. Countries like Canada and the United States have very strict safety guidelines set in place in regards to surgery, both cosmetic and medical. Many countries, like the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Philippines don’t have these same safety standards, which can greatly raise the risk for complications.
  • Unable to have followup appointments. One of the most important aspects of a successful plastic surgery procedure is routine followup appointments with your surgeon, to help ensure that you are healing properly. If you travel for plastic surgery, it’s unlikely that you will be able to have these appointments and no one will be able to monitor you for any potential problems.
  • Traveling can raise the risk of complications. Following a plastic surgery procedure, your surgeon will most likely recommend that you rest and take it easy for a designated period of time. Many surgeons even ask that patients avoid flying in the weeks after surgery, as it can raise the risk for certain post-surgical complications. If you have to fly back home after a procedure performed abroad, you’re leaving yourself increasingly susceptible to problems.
  • No legal protection or recourse. In a typical surgical procedure performed at home, you will likely be protected by the law against surgical negligence. If such negligence occurs outside of this country, these laws may not apply and you can be left without any legal recourse.

For More Information about the Dangers Of Plastic Surgery Tourism, Contact Dr. Ryan Frank Today.

To learn more about plastic surgery tourism, contact us today. Our offices are located in Calgary, and we can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cosmetic Surgery for Your Ears

ear surgeryIf you are unhappy with the shape of your ears, don’t worry. You can benefit from a cosmetic surgical procedure called otoplasty. Keep reading for a closer look into this procedure.

About Otoplasty

  • Purpose: This procedure has two major purposes: to set back prominent ears or reduce their size. However, this surgery can also help you if you have conditions such as lop ear, stretched or torn earlobes, and more.
  • Ideal candidates: This surgery is for anyone who is unhappy with the shape of their ears. Since ears grow completely by the time you are four years old, this procedure is often carried out on kids between the ages of 4 and 14. However, adults can also benefit from otoplasty. It’s also advised that all patients be in good general health before undergoing this procedure.
  • The procedure: If the patient is very young, then general anesthesia is advised. For older children and adults, a combination of a sedative and local anesthesia will do. The time taken may vary between one and two hours. The procedure requires an incision near the place where your ear and head meet. Through this incision, any required sculpting will be performed. Then, the cartilage will be bent into the desired position. Sometimes, skin may also be removed and sutures will be used to hold your ear in its place. Further, a bandage will be wrapped around your head for extra support. In cases where only one ear has the problem, both ears may be operated upon to ensure symmetry.

Do You Require More Information Regarding Otoplasty? Contact Dr. Frank.

If you are interested in otoplasty in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

What You Should Know About Abdominoplasty

Tummy TucksTummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure to flatten your abdomen and waist. This is done by getting rid of excess skin and fat and tightening muscles through  surgery. The end result is a flatter, more appealing stomach.

What You Should Know

  • Qualities of a good candidate: You should have loose skin or fat pockets that have not been affected by exercise and diet. You should also be in a good physical condition. Older people who have lost elasticity of their skin can also undergo abdominoplasty. It is particularly helpful for women who have pregnancy related stretched muscles and skin. However, if you plan to have more children, then you should wait. It also helps if you lose weight before the procedure.
  • The procedure: Requiring around two and a half hours, the procedure is conducted with general anesthesia. There will be two incisions made: one around your navel, and another from one hipbone to the other, near your pubic area. The skin will be separated from the muscles. The latter are pulled together to give firmness and a shapely waist. Liposuction may also be required. The skin will then be pulled down on to the tightened muscles. The excess skin will be cut off and then the remaining will be sutured back together. Surgical dressings will then be placed.
  • Recovery, side effects, and complications: The time required to fully recover will range from two to three months. Sometimes, a tube may be inserted for a short period to drain out any excess fluid from the area of surgery. The results can last for a long time, provided you follow a proper diet and exercise regularly. Scars are inevitable but it is possible to make incisions in such a way that the resulting scars can be covered by a bikini. Of course, if you do not properly take care of yourself, you may require another surgery in due time. You may also need a surgery to deal with your scars, old and new.

Interested in Learning More about Tummy Tucks? Contact Dr. Frank.

If you are interested in abdominoplasty in Calgary, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you.

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